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Sunday shows – Next impeachment phase dominates

Discussions on the Sunday political talk shows turned to open hearings and other developments after the House last week voted to approve rules for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The 2020 presidential race was also a focus, with appearances by Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang.

Read The Hill’s complete coverage below.

Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway sparred with Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday on whether the White House would cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry following a vote to formalize the process.
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Conway: ‘I don’t know’ if military aid was withheld from Ukraine over request for Biden investigation
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
President Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said Sunday that she doesn’t know if military aid was withheld from Ukraine because the White House wanted the nation to look into 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
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Engel promises public impeachment hearings ‘very soon’
By RACHEL FRAZIN
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that there will be public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump “very very soon.”
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Hoyer: We are going to move as fast ‘as the facts and truth dictate’ on open hearings
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
“Time is not constraining us, the truth and the facts are constraining us. We are going to move as soon as the facts and the truth dictate,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
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Clyburn says House would move forward on impeachment vote without GOP support
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
A top House Democrat predicted on Sunday that the lower chamber would move forward with a vote on impeachment against President Trump without support from GOP lawmakers.
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Intelligence Democrat asks why the Trump administration is ‘afraid’ to let witnesses testify
By RACHEL FRAZIN 
 
“This administration is doing everything to make sure that witnesses don’t get a chance to come and be heard. And why are they hiding it?” Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
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Himes: The GOP has ‘fully given itself over to being a personality cult for Donald Trump’
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), the No. 2 Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, defended the House’s party-line vote on formalizing procedures in its impeachment inquiry, saying the vote was the result of the GOP being a “personality cult for Donald Trump.”
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McCarthy argues Trump’s removal would ‘undo’ 2016 election even if Pence became president
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blasted the House’s impeachment inquiry process Sunday, arguing that removing President Trump would represent an undoing of the 2016 presidential election, even as CBS’s Margaret Brennan reminded him that Vice President Pence would in that case become president.
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Scalise doesn’t directly say whether it’s OK for Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate political opponents
By RACHEL FRAZIN
 
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) did not directly answer questions on Sunday about whether it was acceptable for President Trump to ask Ukraine to look into his political opponents.
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Scalise: There were no ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’
By RACHEL FRAZIN 
 
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said in an interview that aired Sunday that President Trump did not commit any “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
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House Republican: ‘There is very little likelihood that the president will be removed’
By RACHEL FRAZIN
 
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) criticized the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday, saying there is “very little likelihood that the president will be removed.”
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49 percent support Trump impeachment, removal: poll
By KYLE BALLUCK 
 
Roughly half of the respondents in a new poll – 49 percent – support President Trump’s impeachment and removal from the Oval Office.
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Yang: ‘There’s a chance’ impeachment could hurt Democratic nominee
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“The downsides of that, the entire country get engrossed in this impeachment process,” presidential candidate Andrew Yang  said. “And then, we’re gonna look up and be facing Donald Trump in the general election and we will not have made a real case to the American people.”
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Biden leads among 2020 Democrats, beats Trump by 12 points in matchup, poll finds
By JESSICA CAMPISI 
 
Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the top choice among 2020 Democratic primary voters and holds a double-digit lead over President Trump in a head-to-head matchup, a recent Fox News poll finds.
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Warren, Buttigieg make gains in new national poll
By KYLE BALLUCK
 
Frontrunner Joe Biden’s support held steady in a new poll of the 2020 Democratic presidential race that saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg make gains.
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Buttigieg knocks Warren on ‘my way or the highway’ health care plan
By RACHEL FRAZIN 
 
South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday criticized a health care plan by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a fellow 2020 White House hopeful, as a “my way or the highway idea.”
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Trump economic advisor says he’s ‘cautiously optimistic’ about trade deal with China
By TAL AXELROD
 
Stephen Moore, an economic adviser to President Trump, said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that the U.S. and China will sign the first phase of a trade deal.
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